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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that is not answered below or would like more detail on any particular point please contact us with your specific queries.
A: Sir Duke can usually cost a performance to your budget. The quoted figure depends on
The more detail that you can give of your requirements, the more precisely we can quote a figure. Contact us now for a full quote.
A: Included in our standard quote (unless specifically written otherwise) are our travelling expenses, all the PA and other equipment we need for our performance (which may be used by you for background music between our sets).
A: Yes, if the venue's own lighting is unsuitable, we use one or two basic white floodlights to light the stage area without additional charge. By prior arrangement, we can bring 8 spotlights with coloured gels on stands operated by a sequencer or sound-to light trigger mechanism. This latter option adds a small amount to the total bill and increases our setting-up and taking-down times by 15 - 20 minutes.
A: In most cases, about one and a half hours. The larger the stage (or reserved floorspace) the easier it is for us and therefore quicker. Set up usually concludes with a sound-check to ensure that everything is working properly, with the correct volume and balance of sound for your venue. This should be scheduled so as not to interfere with your event.
A: We have a wide repertoire of songs, centred on Swing, Soul, R&B and Disco classics. You are welcome to choose your favourites from the list and we'll include as many as we can. If you want a first dance that isn't part of our existing repertoire, with sufficient notice we can frequently learn your request. If not, we can play any CD or MP3 you supply before we start to play live. Please check out the Music page for our current repertoire.
A: We typically play 2 sets of about 50 minutes to 1 hour each, depending upon your requirements. We can also optionally provide a "dinner jazz" set while your guests are eating or during a reception. In all circumstances, the playing times are fully negotiable and we'll do our best to fit in with your plans.
A: Absolutely. We can provide a disco run by a professional DJ in between live sets and/or to finish the night after our live performance. This will usually add a small cost to the price of the band.
A: We usually dress to fit in with your occasion and the set, from a simple black trousers and white shirt, to lounge suits and ties, to dinner jackets and bow ties. Please feel free to specify your required dress-code.
A: For the full 10-piece band, a space of 6 x 3 metres (20 x 10ft) is the minimum required.
A: The important things we require are:
A: Not necessarily! We try to be as flexible as we can on ALL ASPECTS of a booking. We can arrive early to be set up before any of your guests arrive; we can extend our sets to an hour each or even a little longer; we can provide live background music as a "drinks" or "dinner jazz" set with a solo pianist, duo, trio or quartet; we can play as a 5 or 6-piece instead of the full 10-piece; we can cope without a changing room (but be aware that there will be a number of empty instrument cases that have to go somewhere). Bear in mind, however, that whenever extra personnel, extra time, work or inconvenience arise you should expect an increase in the fee.
A: Yes, Sir Duke has full Public Liability Insurance.